The emergency services in Greater Manchester have launched their summer drink and drug driving campaign ahead of the World Cup.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle was joined by members of GMP, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and members of DriveSafe to launch the region’s anti-drink driving campaign. A car wreckage from a drink-drive accident was on show throughout the morning of 2 June in Albert Square.
The month-long operation will see police officers on patrol around the clock targeting suspected drink drivers.
Police also demonstrated new portable drug testing machines to test instantly whether a driver is under the influence of drugs, rather than having to wait for a doctor to administer a blood test.
During last year’s summer drink drive campaign police carried out almost 5,000 breath tests and arrested 252 people.
Following on from Christmas, police are continuing to encourage abstinence rather than restraint and will be hammering home the ‘none for the road’ message using social media and posters in pubs.
Jim said: “This summer, particularly with the World Cup, is a time of celebration and enjoyment for people across Greater Manchester. However, we have a responsibility to ourselves and others to behave responsibly.
“All right people know that drinking and driving is completely unacceptable, and has devastating consequences. It’s important that everyone gets the message loud and clear – Greater Manchester Police will not tolerate drink driving, regardless of the circumstances and regardless of the time of year.
“Late kick offs this year pose a particular problem. If you have been drinking late, please leave your car at home when going to work the next day – it’s simply not worth taking the risk.”
Inspector Matt Bailey-Smith added: “This year’s World Cup heightens the risk of drink driving and while we’re not looking to spoil anybody’s fun, we’d urge supporters to plan ahead and arrange transport prior to kick off so they don’t turn an evening of celebration into a lifetime of regret.”
GMP will be holding a drink drive twitterchat on Thursday 5 June and tweeting live from a traffic shift on Saturday 13 June. Follow @gmpolice and @gmptraffic for more information.